What may seem as defiance or acting out can sometimes be the anxiety created by sensory issues. Next time your child is “acting out” think about what may be triggering this behavior.
“Anxiety manifests in a surprising variety of ways in part because it is based on a physiological response to a threat in the environment, a response that maximizes the body’s ability to either face danger or escape danger.
“So while some children exhibit anxiety by shrinking from situations or objects that trigger fears, some react with overwhelming need to break out of an uncomfortable situation. That behavior, which can be unmanageable, is often misread as anger or opposition.” – Caroline Miller, Child Mind Institute
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